Survey News: 2021 Information Technology Compensation Survey

The 2021 Information Technology Compensation Survey is now available. This survey collected data from 388 organizations on 103 benchmark positions.

Data in this survey are reported by Information Technology Department Size and Geographic Location. The 2021 survey includes Denver/Boulder, Northern Colorado, Southern Colorado, Colorado Western Slope, Colorado Resort areas, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona. Displayed in the report are individual data lines for each geographic location as well as an All Front Range, All Colorado, and Total Response data line. In addition, the compensation information is also displayed by Less than 5 IT Employees, 5-10 IT Employees, 11-20 IT Employees, 21-50 IT Employees, and 51 or More IT Employees. This survey gathered base wages effective January 1, 2021.

Included in the Survey:

Annual Incentive – Participants were asked to provide annual incentives for the past fiscal/calendar year. Data reported are average incentives paid and number of employees receiving an incentive.

Target % Incentive – Participants were asked to provide targeted percentage figures for additional compensation, not earned income for the current year.

Exemption Status – Participants were asked to identify their matched position as exempt or non-exempt.

2021 Information Technology Compensation Survey – Participant Analysis

The two charts below display the participant analysis of organizations who reported data in the 2021 Information Technology Compensation Survey. Thirty percent of organizations reporting data have IT departments with 5 or fewer employees and 54% of the sample has 10 or fewer IT employees.

How Do 2021 Salaries for 10 Benchmark IT Jobs Compare to 2020?

The following chart is a two-year comparison of 10 core benchmark IT jobs for the Total Responses Weighted Average data line. As you will notice from the data, there is not significant variance in the weighted average reported for these 10 jobs compared to last year’s survey data. However, the position with the greatest increase out of these 10 jobs is the GIS Analyst (Intermediate) with a 4.0% increase.  Four jobs showed a decrease from the year before – Application Programmer/Analyst (Intermediate) -2.8%, Business Analyst (Intermediate) -2.1%, Project Manager (Intermediate) -1.5%, and Webmaster (Intermediate) -0.8%.

Survey Data Online

Employers Council’s Information Technology Compensation Survey and other compensation surveys are available in a PDF and spreadsheet via the Employers Council website, For the compensation surveys the PDF document contains the job description for each position surveyed as well as the general information statistics such as pay increases and turnover figures. The PDF documents are linked and bookmarked for ease of navigating the survey. The spreadsheet format contains data for each position in a searchable format. Benefit surveys are available in a PDF format that are also linked and bookmarked for your convenience.  Call or email the Surveys Department at 303.223.5490 or 800.884.1328 if you need assistance locating or navigating the information.

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